Château Sacré Coeur 2018, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

Chateau Sacré Coeur was produced from a vineyard owned by the Feytout family for three years with the wine making and vineyard management handled by Jean Philippe Janoueix. This arrangement between Janoueix and the Feutout family finished in 2012. From that point forward, the wine was produced from vines owned by the Janoueix family. Jean Philippe Janoueix owns numerous Right Bank estates including; Chateau La Croix St. Georges in Pomerol and La Confession in St. Emilion. The small, 1.5 hectare vineyard of Sacre Coeur is planted to 100% old vine, Merlot. The vineyard is well situated, not far from Chateau Beauregard and Clos du Clocher. The vineyard has a terroir of gravel and sand in the soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,666 vines per hectare. On average the vines are close to 34 years of age. All vineyard management is done using 100%, organic, farming techniques. To produce the wine of Sacré Coeur, as no cellars exist, vinification takes place in cement vats at Chateau La Croix in Pomerol. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French, oak barrels. The wine is aged in 100%, new, French oak barrels for 17 to 18 months, depending on the character and quality of the vintages. The wine is aged on its fine lees for the first 6 months to add more richness and texture to the wine. Truffle, black raspberry, espresso bean and earth are already showing their colors. Round, forward, lush with a juicy, dark cherry, oaky profile, a few years of age will add a lot to this wine.